Ray Kurzweil is about as close a thing to a household name as a futurist gets — he’s the man who predicted the advent of the World Wide Web, the downfall of Soviet Union, and that computers would beat a man in Chess in the 90s. He’s an inventor, writer, and all-around sharp fellow. Now, he’s perhaps most famous for being one of the most vocal proponents of the singularity theory — the idea that technology will reach a point where it will advance so quickly that human beings will be wholly unable to predict what will happen afterwards. Unless, as Kurzweil argues, we use that same technology to enhance our very selves — but I’m getting ahead of myself.
Futurists, sci-fi aficionados, and tech geeks everywhere were enthused to hear that Kurzweil would be making an appearance on the Colbert Report to explain his theories to the masses (or at least stoned college students and twenty-somethings everywhere). Kurzweil got a chance to relay his predictions for the future, which, most notably, include the following:
- In 25 years, a smart phone will be the size of a blood cell, and nanotechnology will allow us to have millions of them integrated into our bodies.
- 100 years from now, we’ll be able to back up our ‘mind files’
- By 2045, we will have merged with technology, the singularity will have occurred, and we will be approximately 1 billion times more intelligent than we are now
Here’s the whole video: